Participating in deception: ‘Narrative can become fact’

BelieveWitch

Joseph Laycock’s description of “ostension” and the “corrupt play” dynamics that fueled the Slender Man stabbing seem accurate to me. I think this is an insightful way of grasping what happened with those two little girls and also a perspective that helps us to understand what went so horribly wrong with Jerad and Amanda Miller. It also helps us to understand the Satanic baby-killer fantasy that has deformed so much of American religion and politics. [Read more...]

The need to believe in something awful

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Mike Warnke and Bob Larson are just con-artists who will say whatever they need to say to separate their audience from its money. That much I understand. What I don’t understand is why they’ve had so much success peddling such horrific horror stories about imaginary monsters. Why did so many people love these stories? And even more puzzling, why did so many people desperately wish that such awful things were really true? [Read more...]

You want much more than I’m giving

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Superlatives are the worst. Mike Warnke is making a comeback. It’s cruel to take teenagers to D.C. to make them lobby on behalf of “abstinence only” sex education. Bryan Fischer’s delusional persecution fantasy is kind of true in Daytona Beach, but those Christians were fined for helping poor people, so Fischer & Co. don’t care. [Read more...]

I drive my car, it is a witness

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Some weekend links: “And then the woman let out a cry. I cannot describe it.” … Franklin Graham redefines “biblical truths.” … Liars for Jesus (contraception, Planned Parenthood, etc. — the usual) … An energy audit by the Godfather of Soul. … The whitest company in America. [Read more...]

Tribal gatekeepers officially enshrine Phelpsian bigotry as ‘evangelical’ and ‘Too Christian’

The gospel according to Flip Benham -- and officially endorsed as "evangelical" by Christianity Today.

Bryan Fischer is a member in good standing of the white evangelical tribe. The tribal gatekeepers have rarely seen fit to criticize Fischer, let alone to pronounce his banishment. He can bear false witness day after day, saying the most horrible slurs about gay people, women, immigrants, black people, Latinos, feminists, scientists and college graduates, and yet he will never be “Farewell”-ed the way people like Rob Bell, Brian McLaren or even for goodness’ sake Rachel Held Evans have been. [Read more...]

GOP Rep. Stacey Campfield, Obamacare, and the Israeli health system

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If Republican Rep. Stacey Campfield thinks Obamacare is like the Holocaust, he should take a look at Israel’s Health Ministry. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars

"Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists."

“Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more...]

We need the woods to be full of imaginary monsters

BlairWitch

One solution would have been to repent — to advocate justice rather than opposing it. But white evangelicalism didn’t take that path. Instead, it struck upon an ingenious solution: If the key moral issues facing the culture make it clear that you’re on the wrong side, introduce a new moral issue on which you can be right while everybody else is wrong. [Read more...]


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